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PD Dr. rer. nat. habil. Frank Eisenhauer

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Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (MPE)
Privatdozent am Physik-Department

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Titel und Modulzuordnung
Introduction to astrophysics
Zuordnung zu Modulen:
VO 2 Eisenhauer, F. Di, 14:00–16:00, PH II 127

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High resolution molecular spectroscopy in the laboratory and in space

The Centre for astrochemical Studies (CAS) group at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics includes experts in observations (millimetre and sub-millimetre single dish and interferometry, radio and infrared telescopes), theory (physical processes and dynamics, gas-grain chemical processes and dust evolution, molecular astrophysics and collisional/rate coefficients), and the laboratory (focusing on spectroscopic studies of molecules of astrophysical interest). The combination of observations, theory and laboratory work is crucial to study the physical/chemical structure of an astrophysical object. 

We offer Master Thesis projects on the analysis of single dish and/or interferometric data on star-forming regions in the mm- and sub-mm spectral region. The aim of the project is to obtain, through the information carried by molecular spectra, insights on the physical and chemical processes governing the earliest stages of star formation. Some background in astrophysics is advantageous.

We also offer Master thesis projects on the spectroscopy of molecules of astrophysical interest. The student will have the opportunity to work with several state-of-the-art experiments such as a sub-millimetre free-unit jet. The thesis project will be mainly focused on the acquisition and analysis of spectra that will help the identification of new molecules in the interstellar medium. There will also be the possibility to participate to the further development of the experiment. Some background in molecular spectroscopy is advantageous.

Prof. Paola Caselli
Dr. Silvia Spezzano

geeignet als
  • Masterarbeit Kern-, Teilchen- und Astrophysik
Themensteller(in): Frank Eisenhauer
High Throughput Grism Upgrade of the GRAVITY Interferometer at the Very Large Telescope in Chile

The GRAVITY interferometer is a recent addition to the world class VLT(I) observatory in Chile. The instrument, with its superb sensitivity and astrometric accuracy, represents a break-through in observational astronomy. Its science applications range from the studies of supermassive black holes to star formation and exoplanet spectroscopy.

In particular the spectroscopic capabilities are key to the success of the instrument. New developments in precision machining allowed us to procure grisms with very high throughput, which have the potential to increase the instrument sensitivity by a factor two. The goal of the MSc project is the characterization of those grisms and the upgrade of the spectrometer units of the GRAVITY instrument. The project will include the development of optical test setups, programming of analysis tools, the upgrade preparation and implementation at the observatory in Chile as well as the final performance evaluation.  

Contact: Dr. Oliver Pfuhl <>

geeignet als
  • Masterarbeit Kern-, Teilchen- und Astrophysik
  • Masterarbeit Applied and Engineering Physics
Themensteller(in): Frank Eisenhauer
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